countersign(redirected from countersigns)
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tr.v. coun·ter·signed, coun·ter·sign·ing, coun·ter·signs
To sign (a previously signed document) to vouch for the authenticity of the document.
1. A second or confirming signature on a previously signed document. Also called countersignature.
a. A sign or signal to be given to a sentry in order to obtain passage; a password.
b. A secret sign or signal given in answer to another.
(Law) (tr) to sign (a document already signed by another)
1. Also called: countersignature the signature so written
2. a secret sign given in response to another sign
3. (Military) chiefly military a password
1. a sign used in reply to another sign.
2. a secret sign or signal that must be given by authorized persons seeking admission into a guarded area.
3. a signature added to another signature, esp. for authentication.v.t.
4. to sign (a document that has been signed by someone else), esp. in confirmation or authentication.
[1585–95; < Middle French contresigne < Italian contrasegno]
coun`ter•sig′na•ture (-ˈsɪg nə tʃər) n.
A secret challenge and its reply. See also challenge; password.
Past participle: countersigned
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|Noun||1.||countersign - a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he forgot the password"|
positive identification - evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance; "a system for positive identification can prevent the use of a single identity by several people"
|2.||countersign - a second confirming signature endorsing a document already signed|
signature - your name written in your own handwriting
|Verb||1.||countersign - add one's signature to after another's to attest authenticity; "You must countersign on this line of the contract"|
sign - be engaged by a written agreement; "He signed to play the casino on Dec. 18"; "The soprano signed to sing the new opera"